Kundalini Yoga Training
Inner Journey - Tuning In
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.
ELEMENTS AND ENERGY
of the goals of yoga is to balance the five tattvas. The tattvas
are the elements that make up our human existence and indeed all
life - AIR,
EARTH AND ETHER.
elements are related to the chakras. Each chakra embodies the
energy of one or more elements.
astrological signs each embody the energy of one of the elements.
When we work with the energies that are available at any specific
time, it is
easier to tune
into, align with and tap the energy of that element.
practice of Kundalini yoga will automatically facilitate our alignment.
However, the actual performance of the exercises or asanas is
only half of our practice. The other half is the development of
our awareness. We must practice focusing our mind on what we are
feeling, thinking and experiencing in order to cultivate a deeper
experience of reality and ourselves. It is through our mental
focus that we develop our sensitivities to energies. It is through
our attention that are able to participate in the process of our
own alignment, healing and relaxation. It is by listening that
we hear the voice of our soul, our intuition and receive the answers
to our prayers.
practiced Hatha and then Kundalini yoga for many years before
I realized that I must sit still and be with what was going on
with my thoughts, body, and emotions in order to make conscious
shifts especially in my mental and emotional states. The Buddhists
call this attention mindfulness. The experience of being with
our fears and resistance in our bodies is not comfortable. We
have trained ourselves to avoid feeling uncomfortable at all costs.
Unfortunately the price we pay is very high. We lose our power
to what remains unconscious.
often think that we just have to do more yoga or more chanting
and all our disfunctions will all go away. Our issues do not simply
all disappear. Some do. And that is wonderful. But many require
our conscious awareness, and choice, in order to be changed and
transmuted. Kundalini yoga and meditation bring our issues into
the light so we can choose to release them and move on.
releasing negative patterns, resistances and thoughts, there are
infinite possibilities of consciousness. The more we cultivate
our awareness, the more we experience and the richer our lives
am integrating the knowledge of astrology with the Kundalini Yoga
Training because it gives us guidelines on how to focus our awareness
and expand our consciousness.
those of you who do not have teachers and classes in your area,
the guidelines on how to tune into energies will be especially
valuable. Remember many yogis in the past went to a teacher to
receive one meditation and then went away by themselves for up
to 12 years to practice and perfect it before returning to the
teacher. The spiritual journey is an inner journey. All the techniques
are to coax us to go within and find the universe within ourselves.
The Har Har Gobinde
meditation is actually a warrior meditation that was used to prepare
soldiers for battle. It is included below along with instructions on Tuning in to Taurus
which were previously published in my
New Millennium Being newsletter. After practicing it for 11 minutes,
simply sit or lie quietly and tune into and feel the energy as
it pulses through your body. Listen within. And enjoy the moment.
is rich, elegant and beautiful. May you be blessed to enjoy every
moment of it.
energy of each sign lives within each of us and awaits (or demands)
activation and alignment. During the month of May, when the frequency
of Taurus is so abundantly available, we are both obliged to learn
Taurus lessons and blessed to receive her gifts. Tuning into the
energy of the Taurus is the best way to take full advantage of
the opportunities available at this time.
do we tune into Taurus energy? It is going to be hard not to this
year. It is so all-pervasive. Taurus makes us slow down. Stopping
is a great start! Taurus energy also grounds us and helps us be
very present in our bodies and aware of the sensations in our
bodies. Slowing down, being present and feeling the sensations
in our bodies will help us further refine our sensitivities to
Taurus energy. By anchoring our awareness in the strong, steady
and sensuous Taurus energy, we synergize with it. The more we
can make this a meditation and a non-verbal experience, the more
we will get to know Taurus within ourselves.
help tune into Taurus energy we simply be present to the effects
of gravity on our body. We can also recall some of the main attributes
of the Bull, which include stable, loyal, patient, sensual, indulgent,
stubborn, resistant, immovable, lazy, slow and attuned to the
natural world. Our goal is to allow ourselves to experience these
energies and then to work with them and allow them to nurture,
sustain and teach us. The above attributes are all expressions
of the same primal Earth and desire energies that bring substance
to our existence.
is the Earth element, so during your meditation be sure to bring
your attention to your root chakra. You may even feel the energetic
roots from your first chakra connecting to the Earth. We want
to establish an experience of rootedness and a secure foundation
in our body. This is accomplished by simply being present TO the
sensations in our body.
use of symbols can be useful--like relating to yourself as a tree
or rock-- stable, solid, immovable. I like meditating with a heart-shaped
rock I found on the beach near my feet. If these props actually
facilitate tuning into the solid, peaceful, totally accepting
nature of the Earth energy, they can be very useful. Visualizations
that keep our attention in the mind and out of our bodies are
distractions. Of course, meditating or walking in nature is the
is also desire energy. To tap it and make the best use of it,
we have to experience it in its most primal form before it becomes
an emotion or a commotional story. Meditating on yourself as a
flower can help stimulate a feeling of self-love. Taurus teaches
us that one of the highest forms of healing is available through
its purest form, desire energy translates into charisma and magnetism.
To cultivate desire energy we again have to focus on the sensations
in our bodies and practice loving what we are feeling. This helps
us contain our energy, which makes us a magnet. Being present
to the peaceful Earth energy and indulging in how wonderful it
feels to be at peace in our bodies is a great way to cultivate
presence and power.
and Aquarius specialize in surprises and serendipity. Although
fortuitous events may appear as good luck and misfortunes may
seem like bad luck, there are no simple coincidences in the universe.
Every event, every person and every breath are connected in the
cosmic web. The connections are usually invisible to our untrained
eye and escape our attention because we live behind the cosmic
veil and are unconscious of how the universe works and even how
we ourselves impact everything with our actions and thoughts.
Taurus energy gives a chance to slow down and be silent so we
can intuitively tune into the intricate and awesome interconnections
that link us with universal energies.
we slow down, we can get in touch with our true values and what
we really want. Like the Bull, we can chew and digest life. And
then we can simply be present and enjoy it.
FOR PROSPERITY AND SUCCESS
New Moon always begins a new annual cycle in one of the twelve
signs. Joined by the Sun and this year Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter
and Saturn, we definitely have a chance to initiate a new cycle
in relationship to Taurus energy, issues and opportunities. The
New Moon is the best time to start a project or spiritual practice.
Yogi Bhajan has given the following meditation to do during this
period of time-while the Planets are in Taurus, to be able to
deal with the intensity of the energy and the challenges during
the shift to the new millennium and the Aquarian Age, and to be
meditation has 40 sounds. It effects the 5 tattvas (air, water,
fire, earth, and ether), the 7 chakras and the arch line. This
mantra can penetrate into anything and help avoid misfortune.
It has the power to break through any resistance or obstacles.
It is sacred but it is not secret.
HAR, HAR, HAR
- repeat before each of the following mantras
Pump the navel
center (below the navel) with each Har. Use the tip of the tongue.
Chant in a monotone, enunciating clearly each syllable or chant
to a tape.
Go bin day--Sustainer
- Mu kun day--Liberator
Oo dar ay--Enlightener
A par ay--Infinite
Har e ung--Destroyer
- Kar e ung--Creator
Nir na may--Nameless
- A ka may--Desireless
one of the following mudras (hand positions) and do for 40 or
90 days for 11 minutes.
touching Jupiter finger (index) - to remove all obstacles
touching Saturn finger (middle) - for inner purity
touching Sun finger (ring) - for health, prosperity and friendship
All the resources
that you need will come to you.
touching Mercury finger (little) - for clear communication
© 2003 - Guru Rattana, Ph.D.